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Simple and Elegant Holiday Decorating Ideas

Updated: Mar 10

‘Twas the month before Christmas and all through your house, not a single decoration was up, not even a gingerbread house. The stockings were still in their box without care, in hopes that someone else would just do it this year. While it may be intimidating, holiday decorating can be simple and a lot of fun. It’s an opportunity to discover creative ideas and express your style. Every member of your household can contribute to your very own winter wonderland!

What is the easiest way to decorate for Christmas?

One of the easiest ways to decorate for Christmas is to find inspiration from Mother Nature. The season is all about the most vibrant reds, rich greens, and crisp whites, all inspired by the plants that thrive during the colder months. You don’t have to look any further than right outside your door to find the best ideas for decor inspiration.

How can I decorate my house for the holidays?

Think of all the places in and outside of your home that you can customize with a dose of much-needed holiday cheer. Start generating ideas for every room, nook, and cranny. Work from the inside out:


Inside, there are the obvious wall decorations and Christmas tree, but think outside the box! Tables, chairs, fireplaces, stairways, railings, cabinets, sink areas—the sky’s the limit!


Outside you have the front door, back door, garage door, mailbox, bird feeder, driveway, porch pillars, and outdoor seating area. Even the trees in your yard are an opportunity to decorate.


Make a list or sketch out your ideas, then get to decorating!

Use Fresh Evergreen to Liven up Your Home

Whether you choose spruce, pine, or fir, fresh trimmings from these trees are a staple for holiday decorating. Use them in wreaths or bouquets or as a natural air freshener in your home. Tip: If you’re getting fresh cuts, soak them in cool water for 24 hours to keep them fresh longer. They’ll also fare well if they stay in cooler areas!

Holly

There’s no shortage of ideas when it comes to decorating with holly. Boxwood holly is wonderful for filling in wreaths or framing doorways and windows. Ropes of boxwood garland and bursts of red holly berries are iconic imagery for Christmas time.

Red Dogwood Twigs

For a cascade of brilliant red, try placing dogwood twigs in vases throughout your home or on your front step. These beauties are a great way to spice up small spaces or corners in your home. If you’re looking for some creative ideas for using dogwood, try bundling it with some evergreen and twine to add another layer of elegance.

Pine Cones

When coming up with DIY decor ideas, remember to stock up on pine cones! The humble pine cone is incredibly versatile for decorating purposes. They are perfect for filling the gaps in your decor. Pine cones tie together any wreath, garland, or winter floral arrangement. You can also spray paint them and even add glitter to fit any color palette. Fill a bowl with them and a string of delicate fairy lights for an enchanting wintery centerpiece.

Festive Fruits as Decor

Take edible arrangements to a whole new level this season. Figs, plums, persimmons, quinces, clementines, and mandarins are a simple and gorgeous addition to your table and festive aesthetic. Arrange them on a platter with some shelled or candied nuts for the perfect Christmas spread. There are many everyday items that can inspire creative decor ideas, so keep your eyes (and fruits) peeled!

Add Bouquets of Winter Florals Throughout Your House

Winter’s bounty deserves to be showcased in your home. There are some incredibly beautiful plants that bloom brilliantly during the colder months. Mix and match poinsettias, paper white narcissus, amaryllis, and holly for a classic Christmas theme. You could add any lush evergreens or delicate white florals to balance out bold reds in your bouquet. For more festive floral and decor ideas, visit our Christmas page.

These simple decorating ideas are just a start. Get your creative juices flowing, and have fun! We’d love to help you make your decor dreams come true. Visit us to shop for holiday decorations in Allentown!

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